Small SUV Sales, Midsize SUV Sales, Large SUV Sales In America – March 2012


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March 2012 U.S. small SUV sales chart
Small SUV Sales Chart March 2012

7.7% of all the new vehicles sold in the United States in March 2012 were from a leading group of America’s top-selling small SUVs and crossovers. The same group – formed by the Honda CR-V, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota RAV4, and Nissan Rogue – were America’s five best-selling utility vehicles in March. Collectively, sales of these five cute-utes rose 18.4% year-over-year even as the overall market as a whole increased 12.7%.

Not all small utilities were more successful this March than last. The Escape, America’s second-best-selling SUV, slid 5.4% last month. Sales of three Hyundai/Kia products, the Tucson, heftier Sorento, and Sportage fell 6.9%, 6.9%, and 22.7%, respectively. The soon-to-disappear Mazda CX-7 plunged as the CX-5 stepped in as a more affordable and much more efficient crossover. The same thing could be said of Mazda’s Tribute. Sales of the Mini Countryman, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Subaru Forester were all in decline as well. 

March 2012 U.S. midsize SUV sales chart
Midsize SUV Sales Chart March 2012

Among larger and/or more expensive SUVs, GM’s Lambda trio was down 16.1% in the lead-up to the release of updated versions. March was also the sixth consecutive month in which Toyota has reported a year-over-year decline in 4Runner sales.

Finally, the biggest truck-based sport-utility vehicles didn’t just fail to keep pace with the rest of the automobile market in March 2012; they couldn’t even maintain last year’s selling rate. Sales of the six jumbo SUVs were down 11% in March. Only the Toyota Sequoia (up 25 units) and the Good 12-winning Chevrolet Suburban (up 694 units) managed to make gains.

Monthly and yearly sales figures for these models and every other vehicle currently on sale in North America can be accessed through the dropdown menu at the top right of this page. After the jump you’ll see detailed March and Q1 sales figures for more than four dozen mainstream SUVs. Click any of the accompanying charts for a larger view. 

March 2012 U.S. large SUV sales chart
Small SUV
March 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Chevrolet Captiva Sport
2670
—– 7220 —–
Chevrolet Equinox
20,064
+ 34.2% 51,577 + 19.3%
Dodge Journey
7659
+ 43.9% 18,133 + 27.9%
Ford Escape
22,679
– 5.4% 58,604 + 4.7%
GMC Terrain
8461
+ 34.3% 22,196 + 11.8%
Honda CR-V
30,868
+ 40.3% 74,587 + 29.9%
Honda Element
—–
– 100% 3 – 99.9%
Hyundai Santa Fe
5853
+ 2.7% 14,535 + 1.0%
Hyundai Tucson
4197
– 6.9% 11,049 + 3.1%
Jeep Compass
3987
+ 7.7% 9107 + 23.2%
Jeep Patriot
6879
+ 22.8% 15,965 + 20.9%
Jeep Wrangler
12,557
+ 42.6% 29,772 + 30.1%
Kia Sorento
10,303
– 6.9% 26,011 – 6.5%
Kia Sportage
3643
– 22.7% 9888 – 15.5%
Mazda CX-5
3629
—– 3986 —–
Mazda CX-7
2048
– 39.9% 7279 – 10.4%
Mazda Tribute
162
– 14.3% 412 – 30.8%
Mini Countryman
1579
– 8.7% 4132 + 25.2%
Mitsubishi Outlander
705
– 28.1% 2053 – 6.9%
Mitsubishi
Outlander Sport
1643
+ 17.3% 4136 + 10.1%
Nissan Juke
4165
+ 1.9% 9442 – 7.1%
Nissan Rogue
16,972
+ 19.7% 40,299 + 15.1%
Subaru Forester
6192
– 18.8% 16,874 – 14.6%
Suzuki Grand Vitara
547
+ 5.8% 1365 – 1.1%
Toyota RAV4
17,367
+ 8.0% 39,865 + 0.1%
Volkswagen Tiguan
2659
+ 35.0% 7247 + 27.6%

Midsize SUV
March 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Buick Enclave
3659
– 25.3% 10,950 – 24.2%
Chevrolet Traverse
7085
– 13.9% 21,691 – 17.7%
Dodge Durango
4590
+ 4.5% 11,046 + 32.7%
Dodge Nitro
575
– 73.1% 2554 – 56.0%
Ford Edge
14,058
+ 13.5% 32,908 + 4.7%
Ford Explorer
13,239
+ 6.1% 33,645 + 14.1%
Ford Flex
3330
+ 34.9% 6807 – 0.2%
GMC Acadia
5649
– 12.0% 17,149 – 12.9%
Honda Pilot
10,097
+ 5.1% 25,341 + 3.3%
Hyundai Veracruz
622
– 7.4% 1809 0.0%
Jeep Grand Cherokee
14,096
+ 43.3% 37,503 + 43.6%
Jeep Liberty
7605
+ 46.1% 21,799 + 43.8%
Mazda CX-9
1913
– 47.4% 6030 – 29.6%
Mitsubishi Endeavor
77
– 93.4% 270 – 83.2%
Nissan Murano
6203
+ 9.2% 15,143 + 4.3%
Nissan Pathfinder
3273
+ 20.0% 8210 + 22.3%
Nissan Xterra
1683
+ 7.7% 4601 + 13.9%
Subaru Tribeca
183
– 26.2% 588 – 12.1%
Toyota 4Runner
4065
– 7.0% 10,054 – 15.9%
Toyota FJ Cruiser
1324
– 2.6% 3079 – 15.0%
Toyota Highlander
11,044
+ 12.4% 26,056 + 0.4%

Large SUV
March 2012
%
Change
Year To Date
YTD
% Change
Chevrolet Suburban
3653
+ 23.5% 9892 + 28.7%
Chevrolet Tahoe
5626
– 17.8% 13,833 – 19.5%
Ford Expedition
3022
– 17.0% 8422 – 7.3%
GMC Yukon
1970
– 26.2% 6117 – 19.1%
GMC Yukon XL
1393
– 8.4% 3648 – 24.3%
Nissan Armada
1827
– 9.1% 5037 + 1.9%
Toyota Sequoia
1123
+ 2.3% 3231 – 5.5%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

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